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Webcam Hackers: A Growing Problem

on January 25, 2013

Ever get the feeling someone is watching you? Better yet, do you own a laptop? If so, then there is a chance someone is watching you! According to Channel 7 ABC News, 1/24/13, there is a new type of hacker in town and they’re capable of hacking into your webcam. The FBI says this unnerving and horrific phenomenon is a growing problem, not to be taken lightly.

32 year old Luis Mijangos, from Santa Ana California, was arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison for cyber terrorism. His specialty was hacking into, predominantly female, webcams and taking photos and videos of the individuals on the other side of the webcam without their knowledge. He would then use the photos and images to extort sexual cyber favors from his victims via threat of exposing the images to the world wide web. Or, in some cases, Mijangos would expose certain sex videos, taken via webcam, by sending them to ex boyfriends, in an attempt to punish disobedient web targets. To learn more check out this LINK: http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201201/luis-mijangos-hacker-webcam-virus-internet

It’s terrifying to think virtual peeping toms could be peeping through your webcam as you read this. It’s a shame there are even people that would stoop to this level. In a meager attempt to fight back, keep your anti-virus software running all the time and keep a sticky-note over the webcam whenever it’s not being used. There is no doubt that you need to keep you and your children safe, but do not live in fear of Big Brother, for that is what the hacker wants. For additional details, check out this LINK: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/05/ask-asa-protecting-yourself-from-webcam-hackers/ 


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